Seed drill a Rolls Royce system

Dr John Baker and his innovative cross-slot seed drill which promotes healthy soils.

Feilding soil scientist and inventor is on a mission to save the world's soils and has created the "Rolls Royce" of direct drill seed machines.

Exports close to $4 billion

Wine has been a stellar export performer in recent years.

New Zealand's fruit and vegetable production has exceeded $7 billion for the first time, with exports now valued at $3.9bn.

Hobby beekeeping takes off video

New bee-keeper Jenny O'Donnell holds out an under-construction honeycomb.

The humble honey bee is proving a popular pastime as hive numbers sky rocket.

Dealing weeds a crushing blow

Western Australia farmer and bush engineer Ray Harrington, next to a prototype model of the Harrington Seed Destructor, opted for a crushing device to deal with weed seeds.

Frustrated Aussie farmer borrows coal mining technology to come up with a weed seed destructor.

Will we become vegetarians?

Salad days : The world's supply of phosphorous is running low threatening dairy production.

The world's supply of phosphorous is running low, threatening agriculture and meat production.

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opinion

Our Australian neighbours

Our Australian neighbours look to be in good nick.

OPINION: We don't need to love - or even like our neighbour, but if we are going to borrow or do business with them then you must do your homework.

Council picking rates favourites

OPINION: Council's 180 degree turn on rating mix that increases rates disproportionately causing angst in a rural community.

Kernels of truth in the chaff

Opinions welcomed at Fed Farmers

Fieldays

Breaking new ground video

The new lake at Mystery Creek, Hamilton. Part of the extensive earthworks being undertaken at the site.

Mystery Creek is getting a $1.5 million make-over just in time for the Fieldays.

Laugh until the cows come home

Farming community to get some much-needed light relief at National Fieldays with a 7 Days comedy special.

People pack into the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek near Hamilton.

Clever ideas to see the light of day

Kiwi ingenuity will be once again be showcased in the Innovation Centre at the New Zealand National Fieldays in June.

dairy

Drought no deterrent for farm goal

Winning sharemilkers Melissa and Justin Slattery are on target for farm ownership. They will have to winter some of their herd on-farm because of the drought.

Canterbury Sharemilkers of the Year show that 50-50 sharemilking is still a viable pathway towards farm ownership despite a low dairy payout.  

Animal welfare changes in spotlight

Southland farmers are being urged to read up on changes to the dairy cattle code of conduct ahead of the start of the calving season.

Fonterra Edendale construction manager Thomas Fietzko, left, and Fonterra Southern Operations manager Richard Gray check out progress at the Edendale plant.

Fonterra's $150m Edendale expansion on track

Fonterra's $150m expansion project at the world's largest dairy processing site is on schedule.

advice

Follow up field day

Waikato Regional Council freshwater ecologist Michael Lake, right, and student Laura Francis collect specimens from the Kaniwhaniwha River by electro-fishing.

A field day focused on farm planning and environmental sustainability is planned for the wider Waipa River catchment in May.

Seasonal safety in sights

Farm health and safety concerns highlighted as seasonal risk increases.

Dairy Women's Network's Megan Edmeades has been a driving force behind a series of workshops to guide farmers through the intricacies of new animal welfare legislation.

Animal welfare workshops on their way

Farmers wanting to keep on the right side of animal welfare laws are being advised to attend Waikato workshops.

aquaculture

Havelock Sanford's only South Island factory

The Sanford mussel processing plant in Havelock.

Sanford's mussel plant in Havelock is the seafood company's only South Island factory following the closure of its operation in Christchurch.

Fish and chips may be at risk

Could the "fish" in fish and chips soon be off the menu thanks to global warming?

Georgia Lala, 17, with her Root Aquaponics system.

Growing a good idea

Being a business owner isn't what most 17-year-olds are thinking about. But Georgia Lala isn't like most teenagers.

beef

Kiwi farmers falling behind genetic gains

Farmers admire the cattle at Mt Montrose station during angus field days this week.

Kiwi cattlemen frightened by genetic tools that crunch numbers to improve beef herds are falling behind overseas farmers.

Cattle judges brush up skills at RAS seminar

Cattle judges leap at the chance to brush up their skills at a recent RAS beef judging seminar.

Laura and Sami Werder, who won three merit awards at the 2015 Ballance Taranaki farm Environment Awards, on their Huiroa farm with their three-week-old son, Joe, and fox terrier Jed.

Rural all-rounders bask in success

A Taranaki pair know they're on the right track on their beef and sheep farm after their success in a highly-regarded farm contest.

Sheep

Mackenzie farmers do well at fleece exhibition

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Adjudicators of the National Golden Fleece Exhibition; Peter McCusker ( left) and Doug McKay from PGG Wrightson.

Several Mackenzie Country farmers did well in the National Golden Fleece Awards in Oxford on April 17.

Parasite treatments 'unpredictable'

Treating ewes with anti-parasite drugs around lambing results in farmers taking a financial hit in almost half of cases, a new study has shown.

Wool, Invercargill

Man fined for wool thefts

A man who stole and then sold more than $1000 worth of wool has been fined after failing to carry out diversion.

cropping

Orchard wins top farming award

Supreme winners of the Waikato Farm Environment Awards (from left) Tineke and Frans  de Jong, Emily Meese and Talbert de Jong.

Matamata-based Southern Belle Orchards are the supreme winners of the 2015 Waikato Farm Environment Awards.

Moet maker on why NZ has it good video

And on why you should probably not cellar your Champagne.

Western Australia farmer and bush engineer Ray Harrington, next to a prototype model of the Harrington Seed Destructor, opted for a crushing device to deal with weed seeds.

Dealing weeds a crushing blow

Frustrated Aussie farmer borrows coal mining technology to come up with a weed seed destructor.

agribusiness

Seed drill a Rolls Royce system

Dr John Baker and his innovative cross-slot seed drill which promotes healthy soils.

Feilding soil scientist and inventor is on a mission to save the world's soils and has created the "Rolls Royce" of direct drill seed machines.

Hobby beekeeping takes off video

The humble honey bee is proving a popular pastime as hive numbers sky rocket.

Wine has been a stellar export performer in recent years.

Exports close to $4 billion

New Zealand's fruit and vegetable production has exceeded $7 billion for the first time, with exports now valued at $3.9bn.

Discovery

Carbon counting is big job

Researchers Professor Louis Schipper (foreground) and Jack Pronger on the farm test site in Waikato.

Research underway on two farms aims to provide farmers with practical advice on how to best manage their farms to maximise soil carbon stocks.

Non-chemical pest control promising

Research on using non-chemical methods to control potato pests is delivering groundbreaking results.

The plantain moth (Scopula rubraria), a widespread New Zealand native insect that feeds on a range of plants including plantain.

Plantain moth biopesticide closer

The availability of a natural insecticide to fight an emerging agricultural insect pest is a step closer.

rural women

Kahlia gets the job done

Kahlia Fryer won the Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P scholarship at the recent Hawke's Bay Primary Industry Awards

A career in agribusiness management is the goal of a Lincoln University student whose reputation as a hard worker goes before her. She speaks with Kate Taylor.

Thriving in the best of both worlds

Fonterra Shareholders Councillor Sandra Cordell reveals why she is passionate about the role and the industry.

Horse riding introduced Nicky Hutchinson to show competing and now she is the first female president of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Canty A&P gets first female president

Nicky Hutchinson says gender doesn't matter in her new role as the head of the Canterbury A&P Association.

Video

Shopping with animal instinct

Supermarket chain, Countdown's marketing supremo Bridget Lamont, has become one of the most popular women in New Zealand after the launch of a second tranche of the company's cult craze - the "Super Animals" collectable cards.

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